Things seemed positive. After submitting my application Thursday afternoon, I was called first thing the following morning. The quick response was a good sign! I had a conversation with the recruiter and she told me that my CV is impressive. I have all the right experience for the job--four years working with marketing, social media integration, training experience, and business solutions. During our phone conversation, I made sure to mention that I would handle the paperwork and the fees for my work permit if given the opportunity (my fear is that companies are turning me down to avoid the hassle or the cost of hiring a non-EEA citizen). She said they were excited to interview me and she would call me later to confirm the time and place. I never got a call but thanks to the positive feedback, I was confident the interview would go well.
I woke up this morning and called the recruiter around 9am to confirm the location. I had my clothes picked out and woke up early. I wanted to give myself extra time to arrive early and make a good impression.
Instead of giving me the address over the phone, I was told the company decided to cancel my interview. The recruiter I had spoken with on Friday said that because I required a work permit, the company didn't think it was worth meeting me. Even though I offered to take care of the whole process including fees, the company was refusing to hire me. In fact, she went on to explain, they would only consider sponsoring a work permit for positions worth €60K per year or higher. Since the position I applied for was a "more junior" (lower salaried) position, it was out of the question. The job I was supposed to interview was listed on recruitireland.ie under the range of €35-45K per annum.
Irish law says that under the Work Permit Scheme, any salary over €30K is automatically eligible for work permit approval. Non-EEA citizens can even be considered for positions paying below that salary, as long as the job is from within the Permit Eligible Occupations--a list that includes Technology Professionals. Still, there is no law that requires a company to comply or participate, even when a candidate is well-qualified.
I have so many questions.
- What am I supposed to do if I legally qualify for a work permit but companies are unwilling to hire me?
- Is there any action I can take to encourage companies to give me a chance?
- Are the companies even familiar with the law and the process they are refusing to take part in?
- Does the government burden companies participating in the Work Permit Scheme so much that they avoid it at all costs?